April 1, 2020 | View as webpage
Dear Gov1 Subscriber,

The COVID-19 pandemic is the societal threat of our lifetimes. And as with most challenges to the health and safety of our communities, local government agencies are on the front lines, doing their best to help us weather this storm.

In this month's edition of SafeGov, we're highlighting how local parks & rec departments are working to enforce social distancing guidelines. But perhaps more importantly, we're shining a light on two of our most critical public safety roles — 911 dispatchers and EMS workers — both of which are being pushed to the brink by this crisis.

The Gov1 Team
COVID-19: Local parks departments are on the front lines of social distancing enforcement
By Larry Claflin, Jr.
A roundup of how parks and recreation departments are helping residents stay both healthy and safe during the pandemic
Why emotional intelligence matters in the emergency communications center
By Adam Timm
The founder of The Healthy Dispatcher explains why emotional intelligence is so valuable in the 911 call center, especially in the face of COVID-19
Dear Congress, now is the time to fix EMS
By Brian J. Maguire, et al.
COVID-19 is overwhelming the already over-stressed and underfunded emergency medical services system. This is what EMS needs from lawmakers at all levels to survive the pandemic
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Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Understanding the leave provisions
By Sue Jackson and Erin Robles
The new law provides for two types of leave for employees impacted by COVID-19
First person: I am a COVID-19 positive paramedic
By John Dillon
Paramedic, EMS educator shares his personal experience of COVID-19 symptoms, testing and illness
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